2013 Image Award nominees include 'Call Me Kuchu,' 'The New Black' and director Lee Daniels

Nominees were announced today for the NAACP's 45th Annual Image Awards spanning television, film, books and music. Several out actors/creators, characters and LGBT-inclusive films and television series were among the nominees. The NAACP Image Awards will air live on TVOne on February 22.

Call Me Kuchu about slain Ugandan LGBT advocate David Kato picked up nominations in both Outstanding International Motion Picture and Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical). The film is joined in the latter category by The New Black which explores how black, faith and LGBT communities intersected in Maryland's campaign for marriage equality. Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley about the life and comedy of groundbreaking lesbian comic Moms Mabley is nominated in Outstanding Documentary (Television).

Paris Barclay, who last year was elected the first gay and first African American president of the Directors Guild of America, picked up a nomination in Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for the Glee episode "Diva" and out director Lee Daniels scored a nomination in Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television) for his film Lee Daniels' The Butler.

Out actor Guillermo Diaz is nominated in Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Scandal's Huck, a damaged former assassin for the CIA black-ops sub-division B-613 and current associate at Olivia Pope & Associates. Andre Braugher who plays out police Captain Ray Holt on Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine picked up a nomination in Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, while Archie Panjabi netted a nomination in Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as bisexual investigator Kalinda Sharma on CBS' The Good Wife.

Other LGBT-inclusive TV nominees include The Fosters, Orange is the New Black, Modern Family, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, The Good Wife, The Voice, The Soul Man (which had one notable episode featuring Cedric standing against his church to marry a lesbian couple) and TeenNick's 2013 HALO Awards which honored trans teen advocate Zachary Kerr. In film, Dallas Buyers Club featuring Rayon, a transgender woman living with AIDS in 1980s Texas, picked up a nomination in Outstanding Independent Motion Picture.

The NAACP Image Awards will air live on TVOne on February 22.

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As a Major League Baseball umpire for the past 29 seasons, Dale Scott has worked three World Series, three All-Star Games, two no-hitters and numerous playoff games. He is also the first out active male official in the MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL, and the first Major League Baseball umpire to publicly say he is gay while active.